Go love yourself: A Valentine’s Day playlist
I’m dedicating this Valentine’s Day playlist to the solo Romeo and the independent Juliet.
Who says this Hallmark Holiday has to be all about the couples?
So this goes out to all you frisky, sexy singles. Go on and love yourself.
Happy Valentine’s Day. xo
Icicle – Tori Amos
Aw Tori, the original angst-driven piano grrrl, always ready to challenge patriarchy and the men in her life, from ex-boyfriends to God Himself. This daughter of a preacher man was obviously a Sunday school rebel. I mean, she goes on about how she’s going at it while her family sings church hymns in the next room.
Touch of My Hand – Britney Spears
This little pop number pales in comparison to the “crazy/hazy” Britney we all got to know over the last few years, but it definitely was a shocker back in 2003. Britney painted one mighty clear picture of self-indulgence. On the Britney timeline, “Touch of My Hand” came about pre-meltdown when underwear was actually part of her wardrobe and Justin Timberlake was out of the picture. Whatever, the girl got lonely.
Thinking About You – Radiohead
What we have here is Radiohead’s pre-experimental sound with frontman Thom York on the acoustic guitar, and obviously, his instrument wasn’t the only thing he had in his fist. On a strange note, “Thinking About You” is Thom’s mom’s favorite track on the album Pablo Honey. #Awkward.
Mr. 5 Minutes – Holly McNarland
You know the saying, “If you want something done right, you’ve got to do it yourself?” Well, this Canadian rock ’n’ roll kitten has no shame in telling her man that if he’s not up to finishing the job, she’s gonna take care of business herself.
She Bop – Cyndi Lauper
The year was 1983. On Side A of Cyndi Lauper’s She’s So Unusual vinyl there was her slumber party anthem “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun,” and on Side B, there was the racy “She Bop,” encouraging ladies to take certain matters into their own hands. Due to the song’s subject and sexual content, “She Bop” didn’t simply top the billboard chart. The hit also made no. 15 on the Parental Music Resource Center’s “Filthy Fifteen list,” which led to the creation of the Parental Advisory label that you still see stuck on albums today.
Fun fact: Cyndi recorded the vocals to “She Bop” totally naked.
I Touch Myself – Divinyls
“I don’t want anybody else, when I think about you I touch myself.” Enough said, yeah?